Overview

Richard C. Robinson practices in the area of business litigation including the litigation of construction and employment disputes. He is a member of the firm’s Construction Law and Litigation Section. He has successfully resolved hundreds of business litigation cases, both through trial and settlement. As a special master, appointed by the judges of the Federal District Court in Connecticut, Rick is a frequent speaker on employment and construction cases. Additionally, Rick regularly speaks at construction law seminars and publishes in the field.

Office

  • Hartford
    90 State House Square
    Hartford, CT 06103-3702
  • Professional Affiliations

    American Bar Association - Litigation Section; Employment Law Section; Forum Committee on Construction Industry

    Connecticut Bar Association - Executive Committee, Construction Law Section; Employment Law Section

    Connecticut Bar Foundation - James W. Cooper Fellow

    Connecticut Bar Journal - board of editors member

    Hartford County Bar Association - member

    UConn Law Alumni Association - former board member

    Community Involvement

    Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center - life director and board member; former president and chairman of the Jewish Community Center; former chairman of the Hebrew Home and Hospital

    Jewish Federation Homes - senior living project, former board member

    Hebrew Health Care - chairman of the board; member, Executive Committee; board of trustees

    Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation - board of directors

    Bloomfield Board of Education - former board member and town council member

    Bloomfield Democratic Town Committee - member

    Hartford Promise - mentor to Bulkeley High School students

    Honors & Recognitions

    Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of litigation - construction since 2010

    Selected to Super Lawyers list since 2006 in the areas of business litigation, construction litigation and employment & labor

    Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center Outstanding Leadership Award

    2015 Lexology Client Choice Award - Connecticut Litigation

    Named one of Greater Hartford's "Top Attorneys" by Hartford Magazine, 2011 & 2012

    Received the highest peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell (AV) 

    Experience

    • Won an eight day arbitration trial for respondents, a Fortune 500 company and its subsidiary, defeating a claim by individuals who sold their business to respondents that respondents prevented the claimants from earning their so-called $3 million "earn out"/additional purchase price
    • Obtained a million dollar verdict for a milk processor in a hotly contested breach of a requirements contract case against a large convenience store chain
    • Successful defense of a construction surety in a litigation involving the construction of the Connecticut Financial Center in New Haven, Fisher Skylights, Inc. v. CFC Const. Limited Partnership, 79 F.3d 9 (2d Cir. 1996)
    • Preservation of $32 million in insurance coverage for an asbestos manufacturer in a litigation brought against it by the Connecticut Insurance Guaranty Association, Connecticut Insurance Guaranty Ass’n. v. Raymark Corp., 215 Conn. 224, 575 A.2d 693 (1990)
    • Successful defense of the state of Connecticut, as an employer, in a class action brought by 73 judges of the Superior Court challenging the constitutionality of the judges' salary statute, Eielson v. Parker, 179 Conn. 552, 427 A.2d 814 (1980)
    • As co-counsel with a lawyer from another firm, successfully settled a series of lawsuits for a Connecticut municipality and its employee retirement plans to recover investment losses occasioned by the infamous Bernard L. Madoff Ponzi scheme; the total recovery was almost $16 million
    • Won a three-week trial for a Connecticut municipality in the Superior Court Complex Litigation Docket, defeating a trade contractor's seven-figure delay claim

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    Publications

    Case Studies

    Industries

    Bar and Court Admissions

    • Connecticut
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
    • U.S. Tax Court

    Clerkships

    • Law clerk to the Honorable Elmer W. Ryan, an associate justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court

    Education

    University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1971; editor, Connecticut Law Review

    University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1967

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